SHADELESS EMPEROR (Greece)::::......
14th, October 2013
by Ethan Tziokas -
unveil the past of “THE SHADELESS EMPEROR” first, how
did the band members come together? What would you consider
your biggest achievement so far to be?
The band was born in 2009
in Larissa, Central Greece, by Chris (Guitars), Ethan
(Vocals) and Tasos (Guitars). We had many influences and we
wanted to create something derived by those. After a long
search for other members we came across with Michael (Drums)
and his brother Tasos (Bass). While with this line up, we
recorded our first demo (Homeland), which is our biggest
achievement so far. In January 2013 we released the demo and
later this year Tasos (Bass) was replaced by Filippos.
2. As I can see, your
basic topic is melodic music linked with a lot of fantasy
lyrical themes. So how much innovative is the sound the band
has to offer to the listeners?
We actually wanted to
create a unique sound that differs massively from the other
acts our country (and not only) exports. We basically have
many influences such as Melodic Death, Prog Metal, Folk, as
well as Power Metal, and we decided to combine all those
influences with our love for literature. And believe us, you
can actually “hear” our influences from literature!!
Each listener can interpret our songs in a completely
different way and find stuff in it that someone else
couldn’t find. As for the genre we call it Epic/Melodic
3. Despite the band has
been playing during 4 years now, you have only released one
demo so far. What`s the reason for this? Maybe the line up
Basically we are active 2
years now. The first two years were experimental and we were
writing material, that parts of it can be heard in our
already published demo. There were several problems in the
lineup too, for we were only three stable members in the
band that time. The line-up changed so many times, but we
are currently confident with its structure.
4. How would you
describe a “THE SHADELESS EMPEROR” ’s live? Where does
the band feel the best to you, in rehearsal, studio or
Our lives are quite
powerful, intense and dramatic and… “headbangy”.
Actually everybody loves lives. It is your performance and
you tried your best to achieve it. The rehearsals are the
“tool” you use to achieve that performance, practice
more and meet with the band and have a great time. As for
the studio it’s stressful enough but we certainly enjoy
About song writing, how long will it take to complete a song
(your song). Is it possible to complete it all in an hour,
or in day, or it might even took long periods of refining
the lines, etc.
We are overthinking about
the tracks and we are not completely pleased with the
outcomes, so it takes us months to write a song until it
reaches its final form. Imagine that we were writing
“Homeland” for a year and a half and we still want to
change some parts of it for our album to come.*Laughter*.
But, there are times we work faster and write material in
shorter periods of time as well.
6. How so you became
strongly influenced by mythology and philosophy? Is there
any particular book/author you would like to mention?
We love books and the whole
idea of “The Shadeless Emperor” was to emerge those
lyrical themes into our musical influences, as mentioned
above. We come from a country rich of ancient myths and
legends so we wanted to add them into our songs. As for
fantasy we are obsessed with Tolkien. So, this, answers a
lot of questions *Laughter*. But seriously, I (Ethan) adore
many writers such as Plato, Tolkien, Stephen King or
Kazantzakis or even Rowling. You can find so many musical
ideas encrypted into words, that it is breath-taking.
7. What music format do
you prefer the most; vinyl, CD, or cassettes? Do you think
it is really good to release one album in these three
quite difficult. Vinyls and cassettes were at their best in
the 80’s and the CD’s were pretty famous in the 00’s.
Everything has their advantages and their disadvantages but
I won’t choose something in particular because I enjoy
them all. There are collectors, you see, that would like to
buy an album released as a vinyl or as a cassette. So if a
band can afford it, I can’t see a reason why not to
release it in these formats as well.
8. I always enjoy hearing what life is like outside of a
band. What can you share with us about what your lives are
like outside of the bands? Wives, kids, jobs, hobbies?
Everybody studies in this
time of our lives. And some of us have jobs as well. No kids
though and no wives.
Chris studies Accounting and he enjoys walking in the town,
reading books and watching movies.
Tasos studies Computer Engineering and is a crazy gamer. He
enjoys martial arts and he also reads books as well.
Filippos studies Sound Engineering and adores books as hell
as wells as sports and art in general. In addition he has a
Doom/Death project called “Arcanus”. (Check it
out)Michael is the only one working professionally. He is a
Sound Engineer and enjoys his work so much. He plays drums
for many other bands as well and like everybody else he
enjoys reading books.
I (Ethan) study Psychology and I am a huge fan of my school
as well as art in general. I enjoy reading books, sports,
cooking, volunteering and travelling. I, as well, work as a
graphic artist for bands and not only.
9. - Well, that would be all for the moment...thanks very
much for your time. If you have anything to add in the end
to conclude this interview
Thanks so much for the
opportunity you gave us. This is actually our first
interview for a foreign zine and it was pretty much
exciting. We hope the best for you and The Pain
\m/ AND FANTASY FOR ALL \m/